Chief Scientist Aims to Boost Haredi Tech Entrepreneurs

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The Haredi high-tech entrepreneur is an important "target population," Avi Hasson, the Economy Ministry's chief scientist said on Sunday ahead of a conference for the ultra-Orthodox in high technology.

"High-tech entrepreneurs around the world encounter problems when they set out and find solutions and support through conferences, meetings and professional forums. For Haredi entrepreneurs and workers, it's an even more complicated task," Hasson said, saying his office aimed to help overcome these barriers.

Yitzik Crombies, who started the Haredi High-Tech Forum, said many ultra-Orthodox entrepreneurs like himself were active in high tech, but that they fear close encounters with the secular world.

Haredi men at the high-tech conference in Jerusalem, Jan. 15, 2013.Credit: Emil Salman

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